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FEB 10

The Global Civil Society Speaker Series Presents Nina Munk and the War to End Poverty

February 10th 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Nina Munk is a journalist and the author of Fools Rush In: Steve Case, Jerry Levin, and the Unmaking of AOL Time Warner. She was previously a senior writer at Fortune, and before that a senior editor at Forbes. Her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Fortune, and the New York Times. She lives in New York. This event is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register, visit eventbrite link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-quest-to-end-poverty-a-talk-with-nina-munk-tickets-9683109441

FEB 11

"Civility for a Great Society," a lecture by Governor of Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee

February 11th 5:30pm - 7:00pm
LBJ School First Floor Lobby(map)

Lincoln Chafee, the 74th Governor of Rhode Island, will speak at the LBJ School of Public Affairs on Feb. 11 at 5:30 PM. Gov. Chafee's talk is titled "Civility for a Great Society" and will focus on lessons learned from the Johnson administration that can help get things done today. This is one of 50 events to be hosted by the LBJ School over the next 18 months to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Johnson administration's landmark legislative initiatives, which include civil rights and voting rights among many others. A reception will immediately follow this event. This event is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register, visit: http://chafee.eventbrite.com. Chafee was elected Governor of Rhode Island in 2010 as an Independent. In 2013, Chafee changed his political affiliation to the Democratic Party. Prior to being Governor, Chafee served as a Republican U.S. Senator from 1999 to 2007.

FEB 12

LBJ Brown Bag - A Discussion on Sochi and Human Rights

February 12th 12:15pm - 1:30pm

A panel discussion regarding the international human rights issues surrounding the upcoming Winter Olympics.

FEB 12

Reel Policy Film Screening & Discussion: Herman's House

February 12th 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join the Center for Health and Social Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs for a screening of the award-winning documentary HERMAN'S HOUSE. The film tells the story of Herman Wallace, who was housed in solitary confinement for 41 years in Louisiana's Angola Prison, for a killing he vehemently denied. Wallace was ordered released from prison by a federal court in October 2013 for humanitarian reasons while his challenge on grounds of innocence moved forward. He died of terminal illness three days later. The screening will be followed by a short panel discussion about use of solitary confinement in Texas and a facilitated conversation with attendees about the film. Panelists include: Professor Michele Deitch, LBJ School of Public Affairs; former court-appointed monitor of conditions in the Texas prison system Jorge Renaud, Texas Criminal Justice Coalition; former prisoner, award-winning poet, criminal justice policy advocate Cindy Eigler, Texas Interfaith; advocate for reduced use of solitary confinement Registration & More Info: http://HermansHouseLBJ.eventbrite.com/?aff=lbjcal This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required for communication purposes. Light snacks will be provided.

FEB 13

Stephen Palmer at Faculty and PhD Colloquium: Assessing the Preliminary Impact of Federal Programs to Promote the Adoption of Electronic Health Records

February 13th 12:15pm - 1:30pm
SRH 3.219/3.216(map)

Stephen Palmer at Faculty and PhD Colloquium: Assessing the Preliminary Impact of Federal Programs to Promote the Adoption of Electronic Health Records. Description: In early 2009, the US Congress passed legislation that established several programs to promote the adoption of electronic health records by doctors and hospitals. This research attempts to assess the preliminary impact of these programs on the patterns, levels, and rates of adoption. The presentation will include discussion of program background, theory, research design, methods, preliminary results, and research tools.

FEB 18

PAACC and the Barbara Jordan Forum Present "Raising the Minimum Wage: An Effective Anti-Poverty Policy?"

February 18th 12:00pm - 2:00pm

The federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour has not kept pace with inflation and is a growing concern as income inequality in the United States continues to increase. Would raising the minimum wage be an effective anti-poverty policy? What are the economic implications for those most affected by minimum wage jobs and for municipalities setting their own minimum wage rates? Join experts in social policy, economics, and politics for a discussion about minimum wage increases as a strategy to help working Americans at the bottom of the economic ladder. Panelists include: Professor Shirley Franklin (political feasibility perspective) Don Baylor - Center for Public Policy Priorities (anti-poverty policy perspective) Dr. Shetal Vohra-Gupta - UT Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis (disproportionate effect of the current minimum wage on ethnic minorities and women) "We must have an economy that does not force that migrant worker's child to miss school for a full day so that she can work at less than the minimum wage -- and doing that the family can still only afford one meal a day. That is the moral bankruptcy of trickle-down economics. Change. Change. Change. We can change the direction of America's economic engine and become competitive again. We can make that change and become proud of the country that we are." --Barbara Jordan, 1992 Democratic National Convention Keynote Address

FEB 19

Civil Rights Attorney Lani Guinier to Keynote 2014 Barbara Jordan Forum

February 19th 12:00pm - 2:00pm
LBJ School First Floor Lobby(map)

Leading civil rights attorney, activist, scholar and the first African-American female tenured professor at Harvard Law School, Lani Guinier will deliver the keynote address at the 18th Annual Barbara Jordan Forum luncheon on Feb. 19 at 12:15 PM at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin. Professor Guinier' s luncheon address will highlight a week of student- led activities honoring former Congresswoman and LBJ School Professor Barbara Jordan. The Barbara Jordan Forum is designed to highlight Jordan's lifetime of significant contributions to society as a politician, policymaker, activist and educator. Jordan joined the LBJ School of Public Affairs in 1979 as a faculty member and remained a beloved teacher and mentor until her death in 1996. That same year, students created a forum in her honor. The theme for this year's Forum week, chosen by students, is "Inclusion and Compromise in Democracy: The Imperative is to Define What is Right and Do It." The theme is based on a quote by Barbara Jordan and is taken from her remarks at "The Great Society: A Twenty Year Critique," a symposium held by the LBJ Presidential Library and the LBJ School in 1985. The luncheon is free and open to the public but registration is required. The event will take place in the First Floor Lobby of the LBJ School of Public Affairs on the UT Austin campus at 2315 Red River St.

FEB 20

The Harvey Milk Society Invites You to Disability Inclusion Training

February 20th 12:00pm - 2:00pm

The Texas Center for Disability Studies engages in a variety of system and individual interventions to promote the independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Disability Studies is a relatively new, interdisciplinary field focused on the social and cultural context of disability. This field considers disability as a social minority group with an emphasis on the way in which disability is constructed culturally, politically, and economically, rather than the traditional emphasis on the physiology of impairment. By working with professionals, para-professionals, policy-makers, students, and other members of the community, the TCDS works to provide services, supports, and assistance for people with disabilities and their families to promote their independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion." Quote from Barbara Jordan: "One thing is clear to me: We, as human beings, must be willing to accept people who are different from ourselves."

FEB 21

Honoring the Legacy of Barbara Jordan Through Service

February 21st 9:00am - 11:00am
Barbara Jordan Early College Prep Elementary School(map)

Barbara Jordan Early College Prep (6711 Johnny Morris Road, Austin, Texas, 78724) Barbara Jordan Early College Prep provides an opportunity to honor Barbara Jordan's legacy as a teacher by reading to PreK -2nd grade students. The school will also host an assembly program for 3rd-5th grade students, parents, and teachers to reflect on the life of Barbara Jordan and her many accomplishments. The program will feature Shirley Franklin, the Barbara Jordan Visiting Professor of Ethics and Political Values, as the guest speaker. Please join us in honoring the memory of Barbara Jordan at Barbara Jordan Early College Prep.

FEB 24

Panel Discussion on Diversity in the Workplace

February 24th 12:15pm - 1:45pm

MAR 31

CHASP Colloquium: Implementing the Affordable Care Act in Texas

March 31st 12:15pm - 1:30pm

APR 4

HOUSING + TRANSIT: Getting on Track in Austin

April 4th 8:00am - 12:00pm
Bass Lecture Hall(map)

ABOUT THE EVENT Join the UT Opportunity Forum and HousingWorks Austin for a timely forum on linking transit and affordable housing policies in our region to build sustainable, inclusive communities. As Austin prepares for a November bond referendum on a new high-capacity transit investment, we will explore why Austin needs to link its plans for transit with affordable housing. Come learn from national and local experts about the tools available to get transit and affordable housing on track together. REGISTRATION Attendance is free but seating is limited and an RSVP is required. Online event registration is available at http://goo.gl/qgIQ8c KEYNOTE SPEAKER Shelley Poticha Director, Urban Solutions Program, Natural Resources Defense Fund ABOUT SHELLEY Shelley Poticha is a national leader in linking transportation, housing, and land use policies to create more sustainable and equitable communities. Prior to joining NRDC, Shelley served as the first director of the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she led the initiative to transform the federal New Starts transit program to improve housing affordability and build inclusive communities along transit corridors. Shelley is the former President and CEO of Reconnecting America and former Executive Director of the Congress for the New Urbanism. PANEL DISCUSSION Shelley Poticha will lead a panel discussion with local housing and transportation experts following her speech.

APR 7

Civil Rights Film Screening Hosted by Emmy Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker Paul Stekler

April 7th 12:15pm - 2:00pm

The LBJ School of Public Affairs will host a Civil Rights Film Screening on April 7. Hosted by Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker, UT Film and Television department head and LBJ School professor Paul Stekler, this screening of documentaries and speeches chronicles the civil rights era and the pivotal role played by President Lyndon Johnson in the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Film Screening will take place in the Bass Lecture Hall in the LBJ School of Public Affairs, beginning at 12:15 PM and ending at 2 PM and will be followed by a brief question and answer period. The screening will feature and excerpts from: -"Eyes on the Prize, Episode 6, Bridge to Freedom" where the lessons of a decade are brought to bear in the climactic 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, when thousands joined together to march fifty miles for freedom. -"LBJ", where President Johnson, after Selma, is able to pass the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965 -Excerpts from a keynote speech by delivered by President Lyndon Johnson at the 1972 Civil Rights Symposium at The University of Texas at Austin, his last public appearance. The Civil Rights Film Series is being presented in conjunction with The LBJ Presidential Library Civil Rights Summit, this year's cornerstone event of a multi-year anniversary celebration of President Johnson's prodigious legislative legacy.

APR 8

Civil Rights Summit

April 8th 8:00am - 10:00pm
LBJ Auditorium(map)

The LBJ Presidential Library, located on The University of Texas at Austin campus, will host a Civil Rights Summit on April 8-10 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. President Lyndon Baines Johnson drove passage of the legislation and signed it into law. The summit will feature keynote addresses from former President Jimmy Carter on April 8 and former President Bill Clinton on April 9. The Civil Rights Summit is this year's cornerstone event of a multiyear anniversary celebration of Johnson's prodigious legislative legacy by the LBJ Presidential Library, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, and the LBJ Foundation.

APR 9

Civil Rights Summit

April 9th 8:00am - 10:00pm
LBJ Auditorium(map)

The LBJ Presidential Library, located on The University of Texas at Austin campus, will host a Civil Rights Summit on April 8-10 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. President Lyndon Baines Johnson drove passage of the legislation and signed it into law. The summit will feature keynote addresses from former President Jimmy Carter on April 8 and former President Bill Clinton on April 9. The Civil Rights Summit is this year's cornerstone event of a multiyear anniversary celebration of Johnson's prodigious legislative legacy by the LBJ Presidential Library, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, and the LBJ Foundation.

APR 10

Civil Rights Summit

April 10th 8:00am - 10:00pm
LBJ Auditorium(map)

The LBJ Presidential Library, located on The University of Texas at Austin campus, will host a Civil Rights Summit on April 8-10 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. President Lyndon Baines Johnson drove passage of the legislation and signed it into law. The summit will feature keynote addresses from former President Jimmy Carter on April 8 and former President Bill Clinton on April 9. The Civil Rights Summit is this year's cornerstone event of a multiyear anniversary celebration of Johnson's prodigious legislative legacy by the LBJ Presidential Library, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, and the LBJ Foundation.

APR 25

Building Human Capital and Economic Potential - Emerging Scholars Pre-Conference Workshop

April 25th 8:00am - 1:00pm

The University of Texas at Austin Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) is collaborating with the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to engage young, emerging scholars, as well as prominent senior scholars who are widely recognized authorities, in conducting their best work on the broad topical question: How can we build economic self-sufficiency among working families and the disadvantaged, while simultaneously meeting the labor demand needs of employers, through policies and programs that increase labor market skills, employment, wages, and earnings? In December 2012, CHASP and IRP issued a formal call for applications for research by the strongest junior scholars working in this field and in April 2013 announced the following Emerging Scholars grant award winners, who will present and discuss their draft papers at this workshop: 8:30 am: Breakfast 8:50 am: Introductions 9:00-10:00 Paper 1: Kevin Stange and Daniel Kreisman (University of Michigan), "The Effect of School-to-Work Programs on School to Labor Market Transitions" Discussant: Chandra Muller 10:00-11:00 Paper 2: Shaun Dougherty (Harvard University), "The Role of Career and Technical Education in Promoting Human Capital Accumulation and Bridging Labor-Market Needs: Evidence from Massachusetts" Discussant: Chris King 11:00-11:15 Break 11:15-12:15 Paper 3: Patrick Sharkey and Joshua Aronson (New York University), "Using Mobile Technology to Improve Academic Performance and Persistence among Community College Students" Discussant: Sandy Black

MAY 17

Commencement featuring Address by San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro

May 17th 11:00am - 12:15pm
LBJ Auditorium(map)

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will deliver the convocation address on Saturday, May 17, to the 2014 graduating class of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. Mayor Castro was first elected Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, in 2009 and was re-elected to his third term in 2013. At age 39, Castro is the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city. Mayor Castro recently spoke at the LBJ Library's Civil Rights Summit on a panel titled "Pathway to the American Dream: Immigration Policy in the 21st Century" on April 8 with former Governor of Mississippi Haley Barbour and Texas Monthly Executive Editor Brian Sweany. Excerpts from the panel are available on the LBJ Now Youtube channel.

JUN 23

"Freedom, Independence & Community Integration for ALL!" A Press Conference and Celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the Olmstead Decision

June 23rd 11:00am - 12:00pm
LBJ School First Floor Lobby(map)

ADAPT of Texas and the LBJ School of Public Affairs will host an event to mark the 15th anniversary of the Olmstead Decision on June 23 at 10:30 AM. The event will feature a brief press conference where members of the community who have benefited from the Olmstead Act will share their personal experiences followed by light refreshments. On June 22, 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed through the Olmstead v L.C. ruling that under the Americans With Disabilities Act unnecessary institutionalization is discrimination. This paved the way for Money Follows The Person, which helps people transition from institutions back into the community. This event is free and open to the public. The LBJ School is located at 2315 Red River St. If you need accommodation to attend this event, please contact Kelly Pratlett at kellypratlett@austin.utexas.edu. This event is part of the LBJ School's "50 for 50" initiative, a special series of 50 events for 50 years, exploring the critical civil rights issues of our time such as human rights and social justice and calling for a renewed effort to "get things done" in order to improve the lives of all citizens. For more information, visit our 50 for 50 initiative page.

JUL 16

CHASP Co-Hosts Conference on Building Human Capital and Economic Potential

July 16th 8:00am - July 18th 8:00pm

Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson launched his “war on poverty” there is still much to be done on the policy front to help increase employment, wages and earnings for families and the disadvantaged to tackle poverty. To help address these pressing policy issues, the Center for Health and Social Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs will convene a three-day conference on “Building Human Capital and Economic Potential” with the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and support from the Smith Richardson Foundation and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This conference, beginning July 16 in Madison, Wisconsin, will feature top scholars studying education, labor and social welfare issues to address the question: How can we build economic self-sufficiency among working families and the disadvantaged? Prominent researchers studying these issues from the nation’s top public and private universities will join policymakers and others who inform and shape public policies to bring evidence to bear on our economic and human capital building challenges. Participants in the conference will consider economic issues that influence labor demand and job quality; income support and safety net strategies to better support the working poor; how to increase the success of our secondary and post-secondary education systems and workforce training and preparation programs, and special efforts needed for the lowest-educated and hard-to-employ. The research featured in this conference will highlight the fact that there is much more that we can do on the policy front to help those who have been most affected by slow economic recovery—especially those with the least education, limited or spotty work experience, and those living in areas with low overall growth. A foremost goal of this conference is to identify the most effective and efficient strategies for building human capital and economic potential that will lead to increased earnings and incomes of the economically and educationally disadvantaged and reduce poverty though work. For more information on the conference, visit: http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/chasp/events/summer2014/bhc.php This event is part of the LBJ School’s “50 for 50” initiative, a special series of 50 events for 50 years, exploring the critical civil rights issues of our time such as human rights and social justice and calling for a renewed effort to "get things done" in order to improve the lives of all citizens. For more information, visit: http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/fifty

JUL 29

Former US Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall to Deliver Keynote Address on Civil Rights to National Association of Government Labor Officials

July 29th 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Former Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall will deliver a keynote address on Civil Rights at the annual conference of National Association of Government Labor Officials in Austin, Texas. Dr. Marshall served as U.S. Secretary of Labor during the Carter administration. Under his leadership, the Department of Labor played a major role in the president’s economic stimulus program by expanding public service employment and job training programs. In 1962, he came to The University of Texas at Austin where he specialized on issues that would guide the remainder of his career – jobs creation, discrimination in employment, reform in education, job training, poverty prevention, and immigration. In June 1970, Dr. Marshall formed the Center for the Study of Human Resources, which was later renamed in his honor as the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. The mission of the National Association of Government Labor Officials is to bring government labor officials together to share ideas and practices that best protect the hard working men and women throughout the nation as well as serve the very industries that make our country great. NAGLO is comprised of leaders from every state and territory of the United States responsible for overseeing various laws surrounding the workplace. This event is part of the LBJ School's "50 for 50" initiative, a multi-year celebration of the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson's legislative achievements. Over the next two years, the School will present “50 for 50”, a special series of 50 events for 50 years, exploring the critical civil rights issues of our time such as human rights and social justice and calling for a renewed effort to "get things done" in order to improve the lives of all citizens.

OCT 20

Mastering the Congress

October 20th 12:15pm - 3:00pm

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson used his mastery and knowledge of the US Congress and his command of the political process to garner bipartisan support for his "Great Society", enacting some of the most significant legislation in modern history. Now our political process is mired in partisan bickering, stalemates and government shutdowns. To investigate the causes and consequences of America's partisan and political divide, the LBJ School of Public Affairs invites you to a lunch and afternoon panel discussions with elected officials and experts on modern political reform. The Honorable Charlie Gonzalez and the Honorable Henry Bonilla of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Commission on Political Reform will speak about the Center's recommendations for specific reforms to improve the political process during a luncheon event. Eric S. Heberlig and Bruce A. Larson, authors of "Congressional Parties, Institutional Ambition, and the Financing of Majority Control" will discuss the competition for majority party control and the wide-reaching implications of this phenomenon in a 30-minute book talk. The afternoon will conclude with a one-hour public forum with an open public Q&A with all of the panelists moderated by LBJ School Professor Angela Evans, former Deputy Director of the Congressional Research Service and director of the Policy Research Project Report “The Reclamation of the U.S. Congress.” This event is part of the LBJ School’s “50 for 50” initiative, a special series of 50 events for 50 years, exploring the critical civil rights issues of our time such as human rights and social justice and calling for a renewed effort to "get things done" in order to improve the lives of all citizens. The Bipartisan Policy Center is a non-profit organization that drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiation and respectful dialogue. With projects in multiple issue areas, BPC combines politically balanced policymaking with strong, proactive advocacy and outreach. A light lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. Limited free parking is available on a first come, first served basis in Lot 38, the LBJ Library Lot. If you need an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Kelly Pratlett, who can be reached at kellypratlett@austin.utexas.edu, no later than five (5) business days prior to the event.

NOV 20

The LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Government Department Present "The New Political Reality of Immigration in an Aging Society" by Dr. Fernando Torres-Gil

November 20th 12:15pm - 1:45pm
LBJ School First Floor Lobby(map)

As our country’s average age and immigrant population increase, it is worthwhile to understand the intersection of aging, diversity, economy, and policy. In his upcoming lecture, Dr. Fernando Torres-Gil, who served as former Assistant Secretary for Aging under President Clinton, discusses the relationship between aging of society and the current debates around immigration reform. The event is scheduled on November 20th at 12:15 in the LBJ School First Floor Lobby. Torres-Gil’s lecture is co-sponsored by the LBJ School and the Department of Government. This event is part of the LBJ School’s “50 for 50” initiative, a series of 50 events celebrating 50 years of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s legislative legacy. The series explores civil rights issues such as human rights, immigration, and social justice, calling for a renewed effort to improve the lives of all citizens. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Please RSVP at http://torres-gil.eventbrite.com “Dr. Torres-Gil provides a coherent framework by which to understand the interplay among immigration reform, diversity, and the politics of aging,” said Dr. Jacqueline Angel, Professor at the LBJ School. “As a three-time Presidential Appointee, he brings a fresh perspective on the new realities of immigration in an increasingly diverse society. Hispanics will make up a large fraction of the U.S. labor force that supports tomorrow’s retirees. If these groups are confined to the low-paying service sector, race, ethnicity, and age will interact to reinforce disparities that may give rise to serious generational conflicts. His insightful examination of these current trends and pragmatic explanation forms the basis for new and innovative solutions.” Currently a professor of Social Welfare and Public Policy at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affair, Torres-Gil is the Director of the UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging and Adjunct Professor of Gerontology at USC. He has served under some of Washington’s greatest leaders including President Carter, Secretary of HEW Joseph Califano, President Clinton, and President Obama. Torres-Gil’s research spans topics of health and long-term care, disability, entitlement reform, and the politics of aging. “In reality, aging is an immigration concern,” said Torres-Gil. “Entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare must be sustained in a time of declining fertility levels among non-Hispanic whites. The nexus of aging, diversity, and immigration become the new conceptual and political reality, and the economic future of the United States depends on a productive and energetic young population of a new and diverse set of immigrants, minorities, and ethnic groups.” Torres-Gil is involved in organizations such as the AARP Foundation, The California Endowment, the Los Angeles Chinatown Service Center, and the Board of Airport Commissioners. He has served as Acting Dean and Associate Dean at the UCLA School of Public Affairs and as Chair of the Social Welfare Department. In looking forward, he advocates embracing our diverse population and harnessing its power for the good of our country. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please visit http://torres-gil.eventbrite.com to register. Self-pay parking is available in Manor Garage on a first-come, first-served basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation to attend this lecture, please contact Kelly Pratlett at kellypratlett@austin.utexas.edu no later than five (5) business days prior to the event.